President Obama gave his final speech to the Congressional Black Caucus gala on Saturday, in what turned out to be a condescending plea to the black community to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton so his legacy could be continued.
Mr. Obama said he would consider it a “personal insult” if African-American voters didn’t turn out for Mrs. Clinton and that all the progress the country has made over the last eight years, under his reign, was on the line.
“If I hear anybody saying their vote does not matter, that it doesn’t matter who we elect — read up on your history. It matters. We’ve got to get people to vote,” Mr. Obama said. “I will consider it a personal insult — an insult to my legacy — if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election. You want to give me a good send-off? Go vote.”
Mr. Obama kept pointing his finger to the camera, trying to talk directly to one of his key constituencies, who in polls, aren’t supporting Mrs. Clinton in the same numbers as they did him. Although I’m not African-American, I found the entire argument a bit patronizing.
Apparently, I’m not the only one.
“I was really annoyed, actually, by the president’s speech,” said Eddie Glaude Jr., the chairman of African American studies at Princeton University, on Monday’s MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Source: The Washington Times | Kelly Riddell
A Princeton professor African-American studies, Eddie Glaude, is blasting President Obama for the “condescending” speech he delivered Saturday, during which he urged black voters to vote for Hillary Clinton. Failure to do so, Obama told the Congressional Black Caucus, would “insult” him.
Glaude appeared Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Here’s an excerpt:
GLAUDE: “They’re getting a little wobbly but they’re still still sturdy. (Laughter) And part of — you know, I am really — I was really annoyed actually by the president’s speech.”
SCARBOROUGH: “Were you really? I thought that was inspiring.”
GLAUDE: “Well, you know, I think part of what we see is that the Clinton campaign made a bad decision. They spent most of the summer trying to court disaffected Republicans and taking their baits for granted. And I said on this show that how what would happen as she was getting the endorsement of Bush Republicans and the like, how would that excite those folks who were supporting Bernie Sanders? How would that excite Latino, how would it excite voters African-American voters? And so, now, what do we get? Instead of a series of rationale arguments from the president to black political — to black voters, we get, you know, don’t insult me.”
SCARBOROUGH: “Wow. OK.”
GLAUDE: “And I just find that condescending. And I know I’m going to get in trouble for it, I just founded it —“